Trump Tweets: Manafort and fake news

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President Donald J. Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share his thoughts about the news coverage of Paul Manafort and the indictments made against him Monday.

In a 3-part tweet, the president wrote the following: “The Fake News is working overtime. As Paul Manaforts lawyer said, there was “no collusion” and events mentioned took place long before he came to the campaign. Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS! I hope people will start to focus on our Massive Tax Cuts for Business (jobs) and the Middle Class (in addition to Democrat corruption)!”

The tweets come on the heels of a 12-count indictment of Manafort and his business associate, Mr. Rick Gates.

Trump’s reference to “George,” is about a man named George Papadopoulos who served on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign team.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted Monday that Mr. Papadopoulos was merely a volunteer.

The plea agreement released Monday says that Russia reached out to Mr. Papadopoulos because of his status as a named foreign policy adviser to the campaign.

For starters, the plea describes Mr. Papadopoulos’s efforts to gather negative information on Hillary Clinton from officials in the Russian Foreign Ministry and a Russian professor who told Mr. Papadopoulos that Moscow had “thousands of emails” of “dirt” on Mrs. Clinton.

In March 2016, George Papadopoulos sent an email to seven campaign officials, including Manafort and the campaign manager at the time, Corey Lewandowski, saying that Russian leadership wanted to meet with the Trump team. Manafort forwarded that email to Gates with a note stating, “We need someone to communicate that D.T. is not doing these trips. It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal.”

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